Hey Ya’ll (I wish I had an accent, lol)! I’m back with another Travel Guide from my “Adult Trip” to the South. I kind of hesitated to post this one because the picture quality isn’t great, but I didn’t want to leave you hanging. So to recap it all, we started out in St Augustine, then drove to Charleston, and then Savannah was our last stop. To be honest with you – I wish we would’ve stopped here before we went to Charleston only because it’s so much smaller. No fret though because we still had fun. Do be advised that when you first get into Savannah, there is a funky smell. I looked it up and it said something about sulfur deep in the soil or something like that. You eventually get used to the smell and life goes on….
Where we Stayed and Transportation
Like our other stops, we stayed at an Air BnB. Our house was located right across the street from Forsythe Park, and very close to the trolley stops. Just so you know – if you are staying in Savannah, you really don’t need to rent a car. The Dot, which is their trolley system, provides free transportation. If all else fails, your feet or an Uber ride isn’t that expensive either.
What we Did
Savannah is made up of 22 Historical Squares, which are pretty much their own little districts. Chippewa Square may quite possibly be one of the most popular because of some guy that likes to run. Run Forest Run! If you didn’t guess it, it’s Forest Gump. The bench is no longer there, and has been replaced with a sign that says “Chippewa Square,” however there are plenty of benches around to take your “Life is like a box of chocolates” photo.
I read somewhere that you’re allowed to carry around a 16 oz alcoholic beverage in an open plastic cup (hello Red Solo Cup) in the Historic District. We didn’t do that so you may want to check up on that before you take my word for it. I was too busy trying to check off all the sites on my checklist.
I’m always a sucker for these Rainbow Rows. This one is located at Washington Square.
Jones Street is where the “pretty houses” are.
According to Wikipedia – “First African Baptist Church, located in Savannah, Georgia claims to be derived from the first black Baptist congregation in North America. While it was not officially organized until 1788, it grew from members who founded a congregation in 1773.”
The Cathedral of St John Baptist was one of the tallest structures, so naturally, we had to go see it.
I couldn’t resist the gold dome on the top of City Hall.
The Olde Pink House is a restaurant, but I really just wanted a picture of the building.
Before we made stops at any of the Squares, we drove out to the River Street to scope it out, and had dinner there. The River Street is just as it sounds. It’s a street by the river. There’s lots of shops and restaurants that line the walk, along with some cool… and sketchy looking stairways leading you down. You can catch a view of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge, the Waving Girl statue, and the historical brick buildings here.
Also over on River Street, is the Georgia Queen. It’s a huge riverboat that takes you up and down the river. I’m so glad we did this because I wasn’t a huge fan of Savannah before, but after, I grew a little appreciation for it. The cool thing about this boat tour is that we saw some dolphins and BALD EAGLES!!!
Now for all you romantics out there – the fountain at Forsythe Park is the place to be. Something about fountains and romance. Just looks magical.
Where we Ate and Drank
I’m typically a 7-Eleven/Circle K coffee type of chick, but when it comes to traveling, I always have to have some type of fancy latte. The Paris Market and Brocante was the cutest spot. I never know what to order, but hey – a girl can try. Not only can you get your fancy latte, but you can shop while you wait. There’s a candy shop, 2 story vintage shop, and more!
We only had breakfast at one spot and it did not disappoint. Tyler put a lot of time into his Yelp research for this place. There was a line out the door at Goose Feathers Cafe, but it moved along pretty quick. I had my usual breakfast sandwich, and I believe Tyler had a breakfast burrito…. or it was the other way around.
Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room was recommended to us by pretty much everyone we met that has visited Savannah before. You have to get lining up early (around 10am) because if the lines wraps around the corner, I hear you’re not getting in. Food is served cafeteria style and you share tables with others in tables of 10. We ended up skipping because we were so full that it would’ve been a waste of our money. It’s $23 per person and 1/2 price for children.
Here’s the view from where we had dinner our first night. We didn’t really have anything in mind, so we decided to stop in at Tubby’s Seafood on River Street because it had a view of the river, and there was live music going on.
We hit up a couple of rooftop bars as well. Peregrin was my favorite though. It has an amazing view of the bridge, the bartenders are super friendly, and there was a live band! I wish we would’ve stayed longer, but I was starving.
Here’s a fun one for you all. Leopold’s Ice Cream. The flavors are delicious and the history is pretty cool. We were there at an awesome time because there was a film festival going on, and they were filming a Disney movie called “Goodbye Stranger.” No luck on our part because we apparently weren’t doing enough stalking to “accidentally” get a cameo or spot a celebrity. No 15 seconds of fame here =( .
What to Pack
We took our trip at the end of October so it was supposed to be humid and rainy. We got lucky because it didn’t all that much and it was warm. I’d recommend light layers during the day, and perhaps a light jacket to go over everything at night. It’s probably not a good idea to wear stilettos either because of the brick and cobblestone roads.
I hope you enjoyed my photo diary/travel guide to Savannah, and my whole Southern Road Trip Guide. I’d love to hear if you’ve ever been to Savannah, and if you have any other recommendations.